Heat Check: History says 14-2 Falcons would be Super lock

Go 14-2 and it's a lock! (AJC photo by Marlene Karas)

How the last 14-2 Falcons fared. (AJC photo by Marlene Karas)

Our weekly Heat Check commences with a team that just aced its final regular-season exam.

FALCONS: Beat the reigning Super Bowl champion 34-0, which, according to Elias, is the worst shutout loss ever suffered by a reigning Super Bowl champion (Elias also notes that only three previous teams in NFL history had been shut out the week after scoring 50 points. You mightn’t be surprised that the Falcons, who beat the Saints 62-7 in 1973 and then lost to the Rams 31-0, made that list.) Atmospheric reading: The Falcons can finish the regular season 14-2. Every single Falcons team to finish a regular season 14-2 has reached the Super Bowl. (OK, so that’s a grand total of one.)

HAWKS: Were briefly tied for first place in the NBA Southeast before losing here to Golden State by 22 points. Atmospheric reading: At hand is a case of extremes — tonight the Hawks play in Washington, owner of the league’s worst record, and Wednesday they play host to Oklahoma City, owner of the best. But the Hawks have beaten the Thunder the past two meetings, including one in OKC on Nov. 4.

GEORGIA: Held a Capital One Bowl media session last week, which turned into — I’ll confess that questions from this correspondent contributed — a lengthy review of the SEC championship game. Atmospheric reading: It’ll be interesting to see how interested the Bulldogs are in playing Nebraska. Not very, would be my guess, and I can’t really blame them.

GEORGIA TECH: After years of losing to lesser lights in bowls — Fresno State twice, Utah twice, Air Force once — Tech now gets to play one of the biggest Big Names. As you’ll recall, USC was ranked No. 1 in preseason. Atmospheric reading: The Jackets haven’t won a bowl since Reggie Ball was a sophomore (and also the bowl MVP). The date was Dec. 21, 2004. The opponent was Syracuse, which promptly fired its coach.

GEORGIA TECH HOOPS: Just received a talent infusion courtesy of the Poole family. Stacey Poole, a transfer from Kentucky, will become eligible this week, and younger brother Solomon, who started the fall as a high school senior but is now an enrolled-and-eligible collegiate freshman, played six minutes against Alabama State on Monday. Atmospheric reading: Remember how thin last year’s 11-20 Jackets were? This team can go 10 deep, and it’s a pretty fair 10 at that.

GEORGIA HOOPS: Only one basketball program in the Big Six leagues has suffered seven losses already — this one. Atmospheric reading: As we speak, the Bulldogs are about to play a morning game at the Stegesaurus against Mercer. Georgia has already lost home games to Youngstown State, Southern Miss and Iona. It would behoove Mark Fox to beat the Bears. Update: Georgia beat Mercer 58-49.

By Mark Bradley




102 comments Add your comment

TheOnlyBravesFan

December 18th, 2012
9:31 am

Kudos? Thanks Mark, good article

Best Buy

December 18th, 2012
9:41 am

Matt

December 18th, 2012
9:46 am

Man, UGA hoops is truly “turrible”, to quote Sir Charles.

GT Jacketman

December 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Wow – how sorry is the SEC – 8th in Conference RPI, behind the likes of the Atlantic 10 and Mountain West. Football factories indeed…

Joey

December 18th, 2012
9:48 am

Brown

December 18th, 2012
9:49 am

As always, Mark Bradley is First

DawginLex

December 18th, 2012
9:58 am

Mark Fox is a very nice man and handles himself well.

That being said, short of a miracle he won’t be our coach next year.

10 wins would be a miracle

Football team will win more games than the b-ball team

Hire Orlando Antigua before someone else does.

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2012
9:58 am

Kudos, Only.

forget about it

December 18th, 2012
10:04 am

Enough about the loss to Bama. Enough. Move on. And what happened to Fox in Athens? Hot seat? o wait, they do not fire coaches in Athens who can’t get it done.

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:07 am

Love it.

dogs still a cryin’ and a humpin’

Quote after loss to Nebraska:

“The refs were clearly pulling for Nebraska”

Joey

December 18th, 2012
10:09 am

Which SEC team can Fox beat this year, Lex? I bet they lose today.

Do you really think McGarity would fire him?

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:10 am

dog ballers lost to Youngstown State – home of many Jim Tressel’s national championships!

Sonny Clusters

December 18th, 2012
10:10 am

Mark, we was wondering why everybody is all over the Falcons for losing playoff games while the Braves get a pass? At least we think they do in comparison to the Falcons. At least Smitty won’t start Keith Lockhart.

Joey

December 18th, 2012
10:11 am

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:11 am

Gone but not forgotten dog:

Howard ” I was Trey and went to the NBA” Thompkins.

Been checking the box scores….a lot of DNP Coaches Decision and Inactive. Think he’s nursing a knee.

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:12 am

the dogs are a basketball, ah, I mean, lady gym dog school.

Paul in NH

December 18th, 2012
10:20 am

GT is beating the teams they should beat – and had commendable performances against Cal and Illinois – and will stay hot until the ACC starts. Then it gets more difficult – 3 of the first 5 games are on the road in the Triangle.

TheOnlyBravesFan

December 18th, 2012
10:23 am

Georgia basketball sukks… I thought Fox would do well, but he’s struggled… hasn’t brought in much good talent, or at least isn’t doing well with them.

david

December 18th, 2012
10:28 am

who are you all playing New Years Day, Buckeye? Oh thats right, you are cheaters and liars. The vest is a liar

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:30 am

joey,

Read it. Thanks.

Clarett is clearly trying to turn a corner, complete his degree and serve others who may benefit from the mistakes he made.

Otherwise, GFY

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:31 am

david,

Oh my. We’re not playing on New Years day?

That’s news.

Joey

December 18th, 2012
10:32 am

UGA football program # 3 in the NCAA, #1 in SEC in profit.

Now build the indoor practice field . . .

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
10:32 am

david,

Our basketball team will be playing in March.

dog ballers can’t make it out of December

Day game = church league

Just Asking?

December 18th, 2012
10:33 am

This could be the year. Dare we believe?

Joey

December 18th, 2012
10:39 am

Wow! Buckeye loves to insult UGA many times per day, but gets his feathers ruffled when someone points out possible improper payments to a former player – spoken by the former player HIMSELF.

You can dish it out, but you can’t take it Buckeye?

GFY.

Hankie Aron

December 18th, 2012
10:40 am

Buckeye- Suffice to say nobody cares about the suckeyes on here except you. Why do you come to this message board?

Hankie Aron

December 18th, 2012
10:41 am

Why would you want to be surrounded by State of Georgia fans? doesn’t make sense.

Hankie Aron

December 18th, 2012
10:43 am

Oh well. You’ll just have to deal with people who could care less about what you have to say.

bulldogbubba

December 18th, 2012
10:46 am

What no Braves Heat Check? Georgia basketball is going backwards.Waht happened to the progress Mark Fox was making? Is Jim Harrick , Jr. available? Merry Christmas Sonny Clusters!!!!

Mr Smiley

December 18th, 2012
10:46 am

Gotta take Buckeye’s side on this one, only thing that matters is who is playing on Jan 8…and it’s nobody from this state or the Buckeye state.

I see another letdown loss for the dwags in their future.

Steve

December 18th, 2012
10:50 am

What is a dwag?

GTT

December 18th, 2012
10:51 am

I hope they are interested in routing Nebraska.

Tommy Maddox

December 18th, 2012
10:52 am

Mark – I can’t remember the exact win-loss guess you posted for the Falcons before the season started [11-5 or 12-4 etc], but I do remember thinking that you had lost your marbles with the grandiose guess. You might not be surprised but I sure am.

KUDOS to you and the Falcons!

JB

December 18th, 2012
11:02 am

Pulling for them, but it’s not in there their DNA, under this coach or past, to advance very far.

SSIgator

December 18th, 2012
11:03 am

“I’ll confess that questions from this correspondent contributed”
________________

Does this mean we get to read yet another article by you recapping the SEC-CG? I don’t know who needs more professional therapy @ that game – you or Murray the Midget. Neither one of you seem to be able to get over it.

DawginLex

December 18th, 2012
11:17 am

Joey

Buckeye is typical OSU fan. He can dish it out but can’t take it back.

Kinda like SSIGator who ignores the facts of 2 in a row, still no QB, still no WR’s and expects to win the national title next year. Can only respond by calling me names like a 3 year old. SSI clearly does not have a fully functioning brain

ideas

December 18th, 2012
11:17 am

Buckeye is on this blog because there is not Ohio State blog. At least where anyone cares.

ideas

December 18th, 2012
11:19 am

Excuse me. I was laughing at Ohio State so hard I meant to say no not not.

SSIgator

December 18th, 2012
11:20 am

There is good news and bad news for UGA-BB.

The good news is that they still have a RPI rating – the bad news is that there are 258 teams ahead of them in the ratings.

Mark Bradley

December 18th, 2012
11:23 am

It was 12-4, Tommy.

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
11:28 am

I can take it and took it during the entire Tressell scandal. Not going to regurgitate again for joey’s benefit.

Apparently there is no statute of limitations in this case but there is with St. Jan Kemp.

Check the history.

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
11:29 am

ideas

Laugh at the stench in Stegman. After 1/1, you’ve got nothing except lady gym dogs.

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
11:31 am

hankie,

Nice respect for baseball’s HR King.

hankie, go blow your nose in one,

DawginLex

December 18th, 2012
11:32 am

The only history you need to check is the pathetic record of Ohio State against the SEC in football. And yes that includes losing to Georgia

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
11:34 am

Nice to see Stafford’s Lions have lost 6 in a row and are 4-10

Will dogs root for him or the Falcons?

SEC! SEC!

Jayden

December 18th, 2012
11:35 am

Buckeye

December 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Jayden

Case Closed! HA!

Joey

December 18th, 2012
11:39 am

The”stench” is in Columbus, and apparently has been for a long time . . .

SSIgator

December 18th, 2012
11:44 am

Merry Christmas Joey

Joey

December 18th, 2012
11:45 am

Not only Free Tatts U, but Free Cadillac U, and Free Lexus U!

I guess if you’re gonna cheat, go all out . . .